2,735 Pot Convictions to Be Cleared in Sonoma

Sonoma County has become the latest jurisdiction to use digital software to clear past marijuana convictions.

District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced Friday that the county would partner with Clear My Record to expunge 2,735 low-level cannabis convictions for over 2,000 people.

In 2016, Californians passed Proposition 64, which legalized recreational marijuana. One of the lesser-known facets of the measure was the ability to reduce or expunge past convictions related to pot. Relatively few people took advantage of this opportunity. Instead, some counties began taking it upon themselves to clean records without a request.

In 2018, then Governor Jerry Brown signed a law requiring the state Department of Justice to review and identify cases eligible for expungement. Many counties have gone on to use software like Code for America’s to complete the process.

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